DesignLabs | Health Made Better

Tuesday 25 April – Friday 12 May 2023
DesignLabs | Health Made Better | Tuesday 25 April – Friday 12 May 2023 | NCAD Gallery | Image: Two people wearing Covid masks looking at a noticeboard covered with post-it notes

NCAD is launching DesignLabs, a new interdisciplinary centre for creative, human-centred design research and practice.

Driven by collaboration with industry, academia and our wider community partners, NCAD DesignLabs will deliver impact and innovation through applied design research across three labs focused on health, circularity, and learning.

NCAD DesignLabs are a series of collaborative design-led research spaces. Our shared focus is on the positive impact that applied design research can have on societies, cultures, economies and environments. As researchers and designers we work across disciplines and with diverse stakeholders to affect positive change through design.

Better Health by Design Symposium: Tuesday, 9 May, 9am – 3.30pm. Registration required by emailing

The launch of the first DesignLab: Health will be marked by the opening of Health Made Better, an exhibition showcasing design-led health research projects with collaborators including the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Design Innovation Lab at St James’s Hospital, Peamount Hospital and Tympany Medical. The NCAD DesignLab: Health is being launched in partnership with the HSE Spark Innovation Programme and The Digital Hub. All are welcome to join us for the launch, please register your attendance here.

Better Health by Design SYMPOSIUM (Tuesday 9 May, 9am – 3.30pm)
The Better Health by Design symposium brings together leading healthcare professionals and designers to make the case for design in healthcare, to share inspirational collaborative projects and to demonstrate how to embed design at an organisational level.

KEYNOTES will be delivered by three leading voices in design and health:
Dr Claire Craig, Professor of Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
Lorna Ross, Chief Innovation Officer, VHI / Adjunct Faculty, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland / Mentor, Unreasonable
Rebecca Walsh, Design Director, Big Motive

Through a series of exciting and immersive keynotes, panel talks and lightning presentations delivered by clinicians and design practitioners from The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St James’s Hospital and more, the symposium will address the following topics:

  • The case for design in healthcare
  • Co-designing healthcare: bringing designers, healthcare workers and patients together
  • Inspirational case studies showing real world impact

* Introducing and scaling design in your organisations. The Better Health by Design symposium is delivered in partnership with the HSE Spark Innovation Programme, the Mater Transformation Office, and the Design Innovation Lab at St James’s Hospital. Attendance is free. Registration required by emailing

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Tuesday 25 April – Friday 12 May 2023
NCAD Gallery
100 Thomas Street
Dublin 8
Telephone: +353 1 6364200
Admission / price: Free
Exhibition Opening Times: Wednesday 26 April – Friday 12 May, 2023, 11am – 6pm

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